Why Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB is a special version of Windows 10 that allows business customers to forgo feature updates. It is intended for certain computer systems that require several years of service updates but do not use many Windows 10 apps. These might include ATMS, point-of-sale systems or computers that control medical equipment. Such computers typically perform only one specific and important task. That’s why they don’t need feature updates, which are relevant for the classic office computer.
Stable and secure operating system for businesses
Computers for which Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB is considered should run as stable as possible and be protected against external threats. Changes in the user interface, on the other hand, are of little importance for these devices. For these reasons, the LTSC or LTSB licensing model prevents the computers from getting the otherwise usual feature updates. Only the regular service updates, which ensure security, are installed. It is therefore a Windows 10 version without apps, Store, Cortana and Edge. However, it does not make sense to use Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB for daily office use.
Version with long-term support
LTSB stands for “Long Time Servicing Branch”, as it is the “branch” of Windows operating systems that is supported for up to 10 years. The name of this service branch will change to “Long Term Servicing Channel” (LTSC) in 2018/2019. Unlike the “Semi-Annual servicing channel” common in the office, there are never feature updates through LTSB. Instead, a new LTSC version of the operating system is released every two to three years. Users can decide whether to upgrade to it or stay with the version they originally purchased for up to 10 years. So the workload of in-house IT staff can be minimized with Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB.
Lean OS without unnecessary apps
Each new version of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB will support the respective new processors. This is ensured by the “Standard Silicon Support Policy”, which established operating system manufacturers adhere to. In this sense, there will always be a version of this business operating system that fits newly developed processors. In essence, the LTSB version has the same features as the semi-annual serving channel version of Windows 10 Enterprise. However, applications that have PC’s designed for people – such as Outlook Mail, Calendar, OneNote, Weather or News – are left out. Windows 10 LTSB thus boosts the performance of computers meant for things like machine control, phone systems, embedded systems in ATMs or in kiosks.
- Processor: 1-GHz CPU, x86 or x64 processors and SoCs.
- Memory: 1 GB (32-bit), 2 GB (64-bit)
- Graphics card: SVGA (32 bit per pixel)
- Sound card: no specifications
- Hard disk: 16 GB (32-bit), 20 GB (64-bit)
- Minimum screen resolution: 800×600 pixels, recommended resolution at least 1366×768 pixels
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM): required
- UEFI Secure Boot: required